Visiting Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia Dato Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi yesterday applauded Bangladesh for giving the distressed Rohingyas shelter and providing them with humanitarian assistance.
“Malaysia is deeply concerned at the disturbing developments and took strong position on the Rohingya issue in the UN and other regional forums,” he said.
The Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister said this during a meeting with Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam BSc yesterday evening at the State Guest Padma here, a foreign ministry statement said after the meeting.
Referring to repatriation of forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals in the homeland, Hamidi said Malaysia supports involvement of international community and UN agencies in the repatriation process.
He opined that Malaysian and Bangladesh could be leading partners in resolving the problem and assured that Malaysia will be with Bangladesh on this issue.
Earlier, the Bangladesh foreign minister briefed the Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister about serious difficulties faced by Bangladesh due to mass exodus of more than half a million Rohingyas to Bangladesh within the shortest time in the history of migration.
He said Bangladesh is now hosting over 900,000 forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals where around 540,000 have taken shelter to Bangladesh after August 25 in 2017.
Foreign Minister pointed out that Myanmar Security forces and auxiliary ethnic Rakhine armed vigilantes are carrying out an organized and systematic violence, arson and atrocities against Rohingya civilians to depopulate the northern Rahine State and to prevent their possible return.
“Bangladesh has given shelter to the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals temporarily on humanitarian grounds and they have to go back to their homes in the Rakhine State at the earliest possible,” he added.
The foreign minister said that the root of the problem is in Myanmar and the solution also lies there.
About the recent visit of the Myanmar Union Minister at the State Counsellor’s Office and the discussion on return of the Rohingyas, he said major issues of concern remain left to be addressed.
“Agreed principles and criteria of 1992 needs to be revised to address the current challenge, and international community and the UN agencies should be allowed to support the repatriation process,” Ali said.
Foreign Minister Mahmood Ali appreciated Malaysia’s bold position in support of persecuted Rohingyas, initiative of providing humanitarian assistance to the Rohingyas and welcomed proposal for setting up of a field hospital in Cox’s Bazar to provide medical care to around 300,000 Rohingyas.
Besides, employment of Bangladeshi workforce in Malaysia featured prominently in the meeting when both sides discussed present status of implementation of the G2G+ mechanism for recruiting Bangladeshi workers and agreed to speed up the whole process of recruitment.
Bangladesh and Malaysia also agreed to address all issues that delay the process and redress it through the Joint Working Group.
Bangladesh Minister for Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment thanked Malaysia for allowing irregular worker to regularize themselves through re-hiring program.
He conveyed Bangladesh’s readiness to provide trained Security Guards to Malaysia.
Malaysia showed interest to recruit Security Guards from Bangladesh.
The Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister arrived here yesterday morning to discuss about different bilateral and Rohingya refugee issues. He will visit the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar today.
Malaysian Minister for Human Resources Dato Sri (Dr) Richard Riot Anak Jaem and Bangladesh State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam were also present during the meeting.